Mitchell Library Reading Room


If what we collect and discuss shapes who we are
and what we can become,
what can a place that stores knowledge give us?

How do we keep knowledge?
How do we pass it on?
What do we know?

To shed light on these questions a novelist (Gail Jones), an anthropologist (Tim Rowse), a philosopher (Stephen Hetherington), an archivist (Richard Neville), and an expert on the Delphic oracle (Julia Kindt) will surround them, and an actor (Lawrence Held) will read passages from Patrick White's The Solid Mandala that describe a conflict over knowledge in the Reading Room of the Mitchell Library.

The event will be held in the Reading Room at Mitchell itself, on Sunday afternoon, October 17, with refreshments served.

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1.45 pm for 2 pm to 4.30 pm Mitchell Library Reading Room $22, $15 (students, conc., Friends), includes light refreshments. Prices include GST.

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Event details

On Knowledge
Sunday October 17, 2010

The Reading Room, Mitchell Library,

State Library of NSW

2.00-2.05 pm: Anthony Uhlmann, (Chair: Sydney Consortium, UWS): Introduction
2.05-2.20 pm: Richard Neville (Mitchell Librarian): the library as a knowledge machine
2.21-2.36 pm: Lawrence Held (actor): Readings from Patrick White’s The Solid Mandala
2.37-2.52 pm: Julia Kindt (Classical Scholar, Sydney University): on the Delphic oracle as an ancient seat of knowledge
2.53-3.08 pm: Stephen Hetherington (Philosopher, UNSW): on philosophical understandings of ‘whether we know what we think we know’
3.09-3.24 pm: Tim Rowse (sociologist, UWS): on how indigenous peoples use the archives of libraries and museums to represent themselves and make their voices heard
3.25-3.40 pm: Gail Jones (novelist and literary critic, UWS): on libraries and knowing through fiction: Jorge Luis Borges and Virginia Woolf
3.40-4.00 pm: Discussion
4.00-4.30pm: Afternoon tea